Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I have a thought.

Jay (and just about everyone else) has mentioned a couple of companies are no longer willing to work with law enforcement in states like New York and California. Sean has started keeping track of this list of companies, and will keep it updated as more companies join the list.

I have a suggestion.

Why not contact your favorite gun/ammuntion/gear manufacturer, and suggest they join in the boycott. Congratulate these companies for what they're willing to do, and urge them to show their support of this effort.

At best, it will bring this movement to their attention; at worst, they'll say no.

It was something that occurred to Chris the other day and I figured I'd voice that to you folks. What do you think?

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Request for more data: signal boost.

Stephen Adams needs your help. If you have access to the data he needs, please get in touch with him. If you don't, please consider boosting the signal.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

I want Gayle Trotter to be my friend.

I really, really do.

Well, yesterday I was optimistic.

Today, not so much. This was Senator Jamie Raskin during yesterday's hearing:
(Alternate link here, in case that one disappears. You may also want to embiggen it, to see just what game he's playing.)

If you wish to tell him precisely what you think about this, here's his contact information:
Jamie Raskin
(410) 841-3634, (301) 858-3634
1-800-492-7122, ext. 3634 (toll free)

Also worth sharing:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I went to my first protest/rally today.

I drove down to Annapolis with a female friend in tow, and we were amazed. I'd estimate about three thousand pro-2A people showed up for the rally, and we FILLED the MD Senate building. They had to shut down the building - it was at capacity. We had folks from Maryland Shall Issue, Maryland Shooters Forum, the NRA, and I believe I spotted one of the Alans from the 2AF...that, or he has a twin running 'round Annapolis.

So, an observation: the crowd at the rally was possibly the most polite and respectful crowd I've had the pleasure to be around. I'm slightly agoraphobic in certain situations - for example, the photos of the Ravens rally yesterday made me nervous - but I only felt a slight amount of ohgodTOOMANYPEOPLE near the end, while waiting to sign the testimony book. This group of men, women, and yes, children, really helped to put a pleasant face on what many folks down in Naptown think is a big evil monster. I'm proud to be a part of it, and given the opportunity I think I'd go back down for similar reasons.

Unfortunately, I didn't get to testify. We stood in line for over 2 hours just to be told we wouldn't be allowed in. I have faith my fellow protesters said some fantastic things. I just hope we have a prayer of making a difference. I'm told Beretta has threatened to leave Maryland if SP281 gets passed, and I trust them to follow through with that threat. If anything has an impact on my state senators, that might. Maybe. I hope.

And because I remembered to take a photo, here's a crappy picture showing the amount of people who were there:

The crowd filled that ENTIRE square, plus maybe another hundred people on the steps immediately in front of me, and another 100 or so in line to get in the Senate building. SO MANY PEOPLE. More pictures and updates have been and will be posted here, here, and probably in other threads in that section of MDS. Please feel free to keep an eye on them.

Also, as we were leaving, "someone" in a police motorcade, two tour buses, and a guy with a Mini-14 hanging out the back of the last car in the motorcade caused the trolley we were in to practically beach itself on the curb. Thanks, nitwit. So glad to know you felt the need to show off your might.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

Well, this makes a bit more sense.

The Maryland GOP released their alternative plan for gun control. Here are the bills as released.

My thoughts?

HB424: This should already be in place.
HB165: I don't disagree with this, but I don't have children. I can't rightly agree or disagree to it. Parents, what do YOU think?
HB663: It's about time we had instant checks. I hate knowing that people are currently stuck waiting about a month for the OK to take home their new gun(s).
HB211: I don't disagree with preventing those with mental disorders from possessing a firearm. I just question what guidelines would be in place to determine the severity of an individual's disorder, and how severe a disorder must be to prevent someone from possessing a firearm.

Please note, these opinions are based entirely on the summaries presented in that article. I will try to get some time to read the full bills this week, to better understand them.

Friday, February 1, 2013

FYI: If you were going to participate in the rally in Annapolis on Wednesday...

It sounds as though the President will be in town. Chances are the rally will be off, but bodies are still needed for the hearings.

CORRECTION:NOTHING IS CANCELLED. The rally and the hearings are going to happen as planned.